Talk:Lee Iacocca

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Ford Pinto[edit]

It is unclear to me exactly why the Ford Pinto stuff was included in the article. I can only surmise that it was because of the short Iacocca quote about "safety doesn't sell." If that is his only connection, then much of the Pinto stuff needs removed. 16:08, 4 February 2011 (UTC)

Name Pronunciation[edit]

Pronunciation of his name is wrong. Anyone who knows Italian, and I do, knows that, unlike English, there is only one pronunciation for each vowel. There are no long vowels. "I" can not be "eye" as written here, Neither the 'a' nor the 'o'. "I" is as in the 'ee' sound in 'bee' "a" is like the 'a' sound in 'bad' and "o" is like the 'o' sound in 'not' Think Madonna for the pronunciation of 'acocca' — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pintree3 (talkcontribs) 03:45, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Wording in heading confusing[edit]

The wording in the heading is confusing and is possibly inaccurate when it reads:

Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca (/ˌaɪ.əˈkoʊkə/ EYE-ə-KOH-kə; born October 15, 1924) is an American businessman known for engineering the Ford Mustang and Ford Pinto cars, being let go from Ford Motor Company, and his revival of the Chrysler Corporation in the 1980s. He served as President and CEO of Chrysler from 1978 and additionally as chairman from 1979, until his retirement at the end of 1992.

When it reads that he was "known for engineering the Ford Mustang," I realize that it is not meant to be literal, but readers might take it as such. Though, he had some background in engineering, he was more on the business and marketing side of things: he was not the actual chief technical engineer for the Mustang, but he made the executive decision to develop the car. A better way of saying it is that he "spearheaded the development of the Mustang." Also, the statements about his tenures at Ford (earlier) and Chrysler (as CEO, later) are hard to decipher.

I changed the wording to read more clearly and accurately:
Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca (/ˌaɪ.əˈkoʊkə/ EYE-ə-KOH-kə; born October 15, 1924) is an American automobile executive best known for spearheading the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars, while at the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s, and then later for reviving the Chrysler Corporation as its CEO during the 1980s. He served as President and CEO of Chrysler from 1978 and additionally as chairman from 1979, until his retirement at the end of 1992.
I removed the wording about being "let go." Such wording is inappropriate to be in the heading of an article about a visionary business leader of his stature, who is held in such high universal regard. Later sections of the article can explain the details of his departure from Ford. The new wording is a much better way to begin the article. Garagepunk66 (talk) 00:35, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

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Aspen recalls[edit]

Most sources say Chrysler's problems were larger and began well before the Aspen/Volare recalls. Iacocca is on record as saying GM had an unfair advantage with economies of scale re: costs of regulations. Iacocca said Chrysler was in trouble because anti-trust law was not amended to allow costs of emissions, safety engineering to be shared among 3 automakers. Sources say the Aspen recalls were a symptom of Chrysler's deeper problems. The impact of the recalls on Chrysler's reputation was huge, and $200 million cost of the recalls and the poor quality control got Iacocca rather fired up, to say the least, but it's more complicated. The "never should have been built" quote is implausible. --Dennis Bratland (talk) 17:53, 22 July 2016 (UTC)